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  • This week we learn the second greatest card

  • trick of all time.

  • Or maybe it's just the second card trick I learned.

  • I don't know.

  • [MUSIC PLAYING]

  • This magical episode of Scam School

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  • Welcome to the show that was born

  • in a fistfight between Bernie Madoff and David Copperfield.

  • Scam School, the only show dedicated

  • to social engineering at the bar and on the street.

  • And no matter who you are, no matter

  • what situation you're in, you can never

  • have enough badass card tricks to bail you out

  • when it comes to magic.

  • And that's why you're going to learn my second favorite card

  • trick of all time.

  • All right, Will.

  • All right, Liam.

  • Here's the thing.

  • A while back on scam school, I thought the first badass card

  • trick I ever learned.

  • Tonight I teach you the second awesome card trick

  • I ever learned.

  • Cool.

  • This one-- actually, I'm not going

  • to give it any prelude at all.

  • We'll just go ahead and start.

  • We've got to have one card to be controlled.

  • Which one of you wants to take the card?

  • Show it.

  • Go ahead and show it to the camera.

  • And I'm going to perform this exactly the way

  • I'm going to teach it to you.

  • I want you to see it.

  • I'm going to take your card.

  • We're going to shuffle it into the deck.

  • I'm going to mix them all the cards up.

  • So there's no possible way I can know where your card is.

  • I'm going show you some cards.

  • And if you see it, don't you lie to me.

  • You tell me if you see your card, all right?

  • OK.

  • All right.

  • Here we go.

  • First try.

  • No.

  • What do you mean, no?

  • Oh, sorry.

  • Like no, that's not your card?

  • No.

  • No.

  • No.

  • Close, but no cigar.

  • You might be messing-- people sometimes mess with me.

  • I just want to be clear.

  • That wasn't it.

  • 100%, for sure, not it.

  • 100% for sure.

  • For sure.

  • Not it.

  • And both of these guys.

  • Neither of these.

  • Right.

  • Definitely, definitely not it.

  • Definitely not it.

  • Definitely not.

  • Do me a favor.

  • Make a fist.

  • Pinch that.

  • All right.

  • You ready?

  • What was your card?

  • Three of hearts.

  • Ready?

  • [DING]

  • Three of hearts.

  • That's pretty awesome.

  • Do you have to drop them on the ground?

  • Do you have to?

  • No, I will clean up all the cards down here.

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  • All right.

  • One thing I always like to ask people.

  • Seriously, on a scale of one to eternity,

  • how good is this trick in your mind at this moment?

  • It's like maybe a third of eternity.

  • One third of eternity is how good it is.

  • That's a lot, though.

  • I'll take one third of an eternity.

  • So here's the thing.

  • There are two parts to this trick.

  • And some of our longtime viewers will

  • recognize one of the movies from an episode

  • we did a long time ago, called Controlled Cards.

  • So first of all, you go ahead and take the card here,

  • whatever one you want.

  • And it genuinely doesn't matter whatever card you want.

  • You look it.

  • Remember.

  • You can show it to the camera.

  • So the first move is you've got to get

  • the card in the right position.

  • So in this case, I just have you set it right on the top.

  • And then I use the overhand shuffle,

  • and a very simple card control to bring it down to the bottom,

  • and keep it at the bottom.

  • You'll notice that I hold it in overhand position.

  • I just pull down one card, which is your card.

  • And then I put all the other cars on top.

  • Then, from the other side, I keep

  • my fingers pinched on both sides.

  • So that when I pick up the cards,

  • it continues to keep your card on bottom as long as I want.

  • When I'm ready to start the trick,

  • the last move I do after keeping it on the bottom

  • is I pick up the whole deck.

  • And I peel off one, two, three cards.

  • And then drop it down, leaving your card fourth

  • from the bottom.

  • You with me so far?

  • Yeah.

  • Are you pinching it, when you're pinching it,

  • like, you is it between these fingers and that finger?

  • Just between my thumb on the left side,

  • and my fingers on the right.

  • When you lift it, you pick it up,

  • it keeps the bottom card on the bottom.

  • Right.

  • And again, you can watch the Controlled Cards episode

  • to get the full effect on this.

  • Now you're all set.

  • This is when you ask them, do you definitely

  • remember the suit and value of the card.

  • And you start testing them.

  • Start with the card that's on the bottom.

  • I honestly have no idea what your card is.

  • I just hold up a card.

  • And You guys say no.

  • And then I pull it off.

  • I set it down.

  • Then I show the next card.

  • You guys say no.

  • I pull it off, and set it down.

  • The third card from the bottom, I show it to you guys.

  • And you say so.

  • This is where I get fancy.

  • What I do is a move we learned in the episode called

  • Cut With Confidence, called the glide.

  • And that's where, as I go in with my right hand

  • to peel off one card, my left hand uses the pinkie

  • to slide down, to glide down that bottom card.

  • So instead, I take the next to the bottom card

  • out-- in this case your card, fourth from the bottom--

  • and set it down.

  • OK.

  • Does that makes sense?

  • Yeah.

  • And then while I'm down, you'll notice the last time,

  • I don't show the cards up like this again.

  • Because I'd be showing you the same card twice.

  • So instead, I grab the next card as well,

  • hold it up, and ask if that's the card as well.

  • And you guys of course say no.

  • So now we have four cards that you have seen,

  • or think you've seen.

  • But the third one up is your actual card.

  • Now we do the same thing again.

  • We give you a second chance.

  • And in this case it worked out great.

  • I acted like maybe you guys were confused.

  • So I hold the cards in a brick.

  • And again, I show you the same card again, set it down again.

  • Again, the second card.

  • But this time, because your card is third one down,

  • I do the glide.

  • And I pull your card out, and set it down.

  • And then these last two, I trade their order.

  • So I show them to you both at once.

  • You don't notice that you saw this card twice.

  • Because you're seeing in the context of two other cards.

  • Now we just arrange the cards so that your card is on the bottom

  • by paying attention.

  • I have you make the fist.

  • And you're going to put it right in that fist.

  • And what I do is I bell them out just a little bit.

  • So you're holding the packets.

  • And because the way you're pinching them,

  • when I smack my hand down, all the card

  • will come out-- the first, second,

  • and third card-- leaving only the bottom card,

  • which will of course be your card.

  • And the advantage of this is, first of all, not only

  • do they think they saw all four of the cards, and none of them

  • are their cards.

  • The important thing is that it happens in their hands.

  • When you can make that magic happen in their hands,

  • you get a bonus multiplier on the effect of this thing.

  • Totally.

  • Here's the only question that matters, is which one of you

  • is ready to try to pull this thing off?

  • I bet this guy is.

  • Let's see your mad skills, sir.

  • All right.

  • Let me try it out.

  • So pick a card.

  • All right.

  • Take a look at it.

  • Don't let me see.

  • All right.

  • That's good so far.

  • Off to a smashing success.

  • So, slide?

  • That's good.

  • That's good.

  • So you got the card on top.

  • Which means you now want to control the card down

  • to the bottom.

  • How do you do that?

  • I'll do the overhand shuffle.

  • There you go.

  • Just like that.

  • Keep on going.

  • That's good.

  • That's good.

  • That's good.

  • I made a mess.

  • And then finally, the last time you shuffle, what do you do?

  • You gotta peel off three cards to put on the bottom.

  • I would do it under the guise of an overhand shuffle.

  • So what I would do is I would pick up

  • the whole block with your right hand.

  • Yeah?